Cootes wins split decision
The pair went toe-to-toe for the majority of the bout with Cootes’ energetic display earning him the nod by the judges.
Casino’s lightweight boxer, Dan Beverly, made it three wins on the trot after a nice right-hand gave the local lad the points over Moree’s Leroy Brown in the main supporting bout. Beverly and Brown had a torrid fight with Brown’s shot towards the end of the fight earning a compulsory count on Brown and giving the Ken Whitton-trained boxer the victory.
Lismore’s Joe Henry from Maloney’s Glove Club claimed a win over Coffs Harbour’s Vince Heuvels after Heuvels retired in the third round of a middleweight bout.
A solid blow from Henry in the final round forced the Coffs fighter’s shoulder out and got him through what would have been a close decision. Another Maloney’s Glove Club boxer, Bronson Schofield, laced them up for his first fight in what became a willing encounter with Murwillumbah’s Chris Kyle.
“It sort of turned into a brawl with the crowd yelling all the way through,” Maloney said.
“Both boys were exhausted and in the last round my boy seemed to be finishing the strongest and the crowd wasn’t too happy when the decision went against the local boy.”
Despite the loss, Maloney believes Schofield, who is only 16, could go a long way in the sport.
Maloney was happy with the crowd of 400 that attended and he is now preparing a few fighters for the
Australian Golden Gloves which will be held in Caboolture this weekend.
Maloney is hoping to take a handful of boxers north but is yet to settle on the final group. Two who will be competing will be Nathan Flanagan and Jade Cook.
Flanagan will contest the Under-17, 64kg, under three fights division, while Cook will box in the Under-12, under three fight divisions.
A Percy (Grafton) d J McGovern (Coffs Harbour); D Sims (Casino) d N Porter (Coffs); L Hall (Ballina) d T O’Neill (Coffs); J Hartman (Grafton) d S Palmer (Lismore); B Buddon (Ballina RSL) d J Hurst (Casino); C Kyle (Murwillumbah) d B Schofield (Lismore); L Sutor (Dorrigo) d R Irwin (Kingscliff) J Tolind (Dorrigo) d D Lejudge (Murwillumbah); K Murphy (Coffs) d B Phillips (Moree); C Williams (Coffs) d A Elford (Lismore).